"Rivers Of Babylon" as written by and Frank/reyam Farian....
By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down
Ye-eah we wept, when we remembered Zion

By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down
Ye-eah we wept, when we remembered Zion

When the wicked
Carried us away in captivity
Required from us a song
Now how shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land

When the wicked
Carried us away in captivity
Requiering of us a song
Now how shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land

Let the words of our mouth and the meditations of our heart
Be acceptable in thy sight here tonight

Let the words of our mouth and the meditation of our hearts
Be acceptable in thy sight here tonight

By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down
Yeah we wept, when we remembered Zion

By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down
Yeah we wept, when we remembered Zion

By the rivers of Babylon (dark tears of Babylon)
There we sat down (you got to sing a song)
Yeah we wept, (sing a song of love)
When we remember Zion (yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah)

By the rivers of Babylon (rough bits of Babylon)
There we sat down (you hear the people cry)
Yeah we wept, (they need their god)
When we remember Zion (ooh, have the power)


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"Rivers of Babylon" as written by Frank Farian Brent Dowe

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    General CommentI love this song. I originally heard the Sublime cover. Apparently it's Biblical. I found all these websites about i t..was pretty interesting. Something about black people identifying with Jews' struggles back in the d ay.
    glortwon April 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI like it too, but only heard the Sublime version today(Dec 31/05).
    dcaton December 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's from Psalm 137. Shame they left out this part:

    8 O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.

    9 Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.
    eineidloffon June 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think the last bit of the Psalm might have killed the mood a little bit though, no?
    Even though it's totally awesome.
    Rathatespeopleon July 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentActually the meaning of the song is inclined toward the Rastafarian movement, who believed that the black people should unite and go back to Africa. In the Bible (I'm not religious so don't take my word for it, I just study African decolonization) the Hebrew population is enslaved in Babylon, so you can translate this to the African diaspora, people taken away from their homes to suffer forever and always the homeland, this peaceful place before the arrival of the white man.
    The idea of the Rastafarian movement is translating the Bible in a new way to give answers to the, then, shackled populations all over the world. Ethiopia was first seen as the promised land, because it had withstood colonization until the 1930s, and the term Rastafarian was actually the name of a Ethiopian prince that was popularized in the Western world.

    My history isn't the best, so if anyone can confirm or help it would be great.
    Plavi26on October 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentPsalm 137 New King James Version (NKJV)
    Longing for Zion in a Foreign Land

    137 By the rivers of Babylon,
    There we sat down, yea, we wept
    When we remembered Zion.
    2
    We hung our harps
    Upon the willows in the midst of it.
    3
    For there those who carried us away captive asked of us a song,
    And those who plundered us requested mirth,
    Saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

    4
    How shall we sing the Lord’s song
    In a foreign land?
    5
    If I forget you, O Jerusalem,
    Let my right hand forget its skill!
    6
    If I do not remember you,
    Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth—
    If I do not exalt Jerusalem
    Above my chief joy.

    7
    Remember, O Lord, against the sons of Edom
    The day of Jerusalem,
    Who said, “Raze it, raze it,
    To its very foundation!”

    8
    O daughter of Babylon, who are to be destroyed,
    Happy the one who repays you as you have served us!
    9
    Happy the one who takes and dashes
    Your little ones against the rock!
    Orabidooon June 30, 2015   Link

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